re·​align | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce realign (audio) \
realigned; realigning; realigns

Definition of realign

transitive verb

: to align again especially : to reorganize or make new groupings of

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realignment \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈlīn-​mənt How to pronounce realign (audio) \ noun

Examples of realign in a Sentence

We had to realign the text to fit it on the page. The car's wheels were realigned.
Recent Examples on the Web Toomey and Portman are on the way out as both parties realign and struggle to understand who their core voters are. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "Rob Portman exit signals just how much the GOP has changed," 25 Jan. 2021 The president signed several executive orders last week, including a directive to rejoin the Paris climate accord, which begin to unwind his predecessor’s actions and realign the nation with California’s ambitious environmental and climate agenda. Kurtis Alexander,, "Environmental turnaround — 8 issues that will pivot in California’s favor under Biden," 24 Jan. 2021 Early on, designers and retailers rallied around change, pledging to realign seasonal deliveries and delay sales periods, but neither initiative has taken off in a satisfying way. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The NYC Indie Label Area Is Launching Couture," 11 Jan. 2021 Like the pandemic of 2020, the stock market crash of 1929, and the World Trade Center attack of 2001, the next two to four years will be shaped by some unpredictable events that realign the political planets and American priorities. Doug Mckelway, Washington Examiner, "The last days of the Trump presidency," 14 Jan. 2021 In the Bridgegate case, the court unanimously said a scheme to realign toll lanes leading to the bridge didn’t qualify as an effort to take government property. Greg Stohr,, "Supreme Court Orders New Look at Insider-Trading Convictions," 11 Jan. 2021 The pandemic has forced the NHL to realign into four mostly geographical divisions for the season. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Steve Yzerman is excited to watch the Detroit Red Wings play. Here's why," 24 Dec. 2020 The advance may surprise those who watched protesters help realign the country -- a frequent battleground between Russia and the West since communism collapsed -- toward Europe just six years ago. Ilya Arkhipov,, "Putin’s Man in Ukraine Is Making Gains Even as War Grinds On," 23 Dec. 2020 That eventually turned into the titular track from his fourth studio album Starting Over, which particularly hits home in 2020 when the entire world has had to realign aspects of their lives due to the global pandemic. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of realign

1899, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2021

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“Realign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of realign

: to change the position or direction of (something) slightly usually in relation to something else
: to organize (something) in a different way


transitive verb
re·​align | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn How to pronounce realign (audio) \

Legal Definition of realign

: to make new divisions or groupings of especially : to regroup (one or more litigants) to reflect the true arrangement of interests in a suit

Note: After examining the ultimate interests of the parties involved in a suit, the court might choose to realign the plaintiffs and defendants so that, for example, one of the defendants becomes a plaintiff.

Other Words from realign

realignment noun

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